Women Onside would like to thank Lee McGowan and Bruce Djite for their service as directors of the organisation. Both have stepped aside from their Women Onside director roles due to the workloads in their "day jobs".
Lee, a senior academic at Queensland's Sunshine Coast University and co-author of the book "Never Say Die: The Hundred Year Overnight Success Story of Australian Women's Football" says he is sad to have to step away. "It’s such a vibrant, valuable and important organisation for women’s football and women’s sport. It’s a total privilege, not to mention a great source of personal pride, to be involved with such an incredible group of the most talented, generous people."
Bruce is well-known in the football world as a player, commentator and senior administrator. But having taken on several high-profile roles recently, including his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the Committee for Adelaide, Bruce has found it necessary to take a step back from Women Onside. "I love the organisation and the work it is doing, however, with so many commitments at the moment, it is critically important that I find a balance." Bruce said. "I will continue to assist the organisation where I can and remain involved."
Women Onside Chair Maria Berry said that both men have been valued contributors to the organisation. "It's been a real benefit that we have had different lenses on the women's game in our organisation. And also to have such positive, creative people in the governance team", Maria said. "But it's great that both Lee and Bruce have put their hands up to help out in their areas of special expertise and will continue to be available to advise the new board and Women Onside networks" she added.